The hearing on our priority carbon pricing bill, H.2810, An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions, is on January 14th, 1:00pm, State House Room A-2.
The bill was co-sponsored by a majority of Representatives. It establishes a mechanism to set a fair price on the damage caused to our health and our climate from fossil fuel emissions from how we heat our buildings and from transportation. Seventy percent of the fee assessed will be rebated back to residents and businesses, with extra going to low and moderate income households and to residents in rural areas. Thirty percent will be put into a Green Infrastructure Fund (GIF) that will be available to municipalities for funding of climate mitigation projects and other “green” initiatives.
What: H.2810 hearing in Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) Committee
When: Tuesday, January 14th, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Ask your legislators to testify, in person or in writing, making clear to the TUE chairs that they support a favorable recommendation out of committee. They need our calls to be able to say to the House leadership "I'm hearing from lots of constituents who support H.2810."
Ask local officials to tell the Mass Municipal Association (MMA) they support H.2810.
Ask local officials to sign this letter to Governor Baker and the State House leaders about supporting H.2810.
Resources on H.2810:
Here is an overview of H.2810.
Here is the case for businesses supporting carbon pricing legislation.
Some say that the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) will take care of pricing the transportation sector, but H.2810 will reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sooner, includes the heating sector as well and was written so that it compliments TCI.
- The Transportation Climate Initiative is a multi-state agreement being worked out by the governors of New England and Mid-Atlantic states. It’s a carbon price on transportation that is compatible with H.2810, but our legislators might need to understand how. Here’s a great flier explaining this.
News Flash! Rep Benson, who filed H.2810, took a new job and left the legislature. The new sponsor is Rep Driscoll (Milton).